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HughBeaumont

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About Me

If anyone's wondering why I haven't been here much lately, it's because I feel no one is learning anything from 2016. Neoliberalism is a thing and it doesn't win elections in the 21st Century. People want a candidate that's going to take strong, non-waffling stands on human rights the rest of the world enjoys. Enough living in the goddamned Reagan 1980s. Enough taking solar panels off the roof. Enough introducing more rightwingedness into American economics. Enough medical bankruptcies. Enough governing by mythology. Enough science denial. Enough of spitting on women, children, veterans and the LGBTQI community. Enough kicking the can. ENOUGH. America needs to move past it's "everything has to be about making a buck" bullshit. I'd prefer a candidate not born during the FDR/Truman administrations. No offense, but you had your time . . . and you got us Trump. Plus, I can't take another one of these still-Capitalist Boomer codgers yap on about "bootstraps" when college now costs a mortgage, necessity costs have been outpacing wage growth for 20 years and automation promises to kill more jobs than it creates. I don't want to hear what is or isn't "politically achievable". Kick-the-Can economics was never asked "How is it going to be paid for?". Tax Cuts for the rich were never given a spending limit. Folly wars were never asked "Why is this necessary?". Corporate Pork by the billions was and is always approved. America's safety net needs to be greatly expanded and retirement age needs to be drastically lowered. This country throws out far too many people that still have a decade or two of prime contribution left. If life doesn't get fairer for you or I pretty goddamned quickly, we aren't going to have much of one.

Journal Archives

CNBC: "Happy Birthday Milton Friedman!" Verbatim.

Anybody who says this station "leans left" . . . yeah, kicked right in the junk, do not pass go.

"Friedman was a key opponent of activist Keynesian gov't policies" . . . said like it's a good thing. UNbelievable. Not even a hint of objectivity. That's the stuff of a true propaganda arm at work right there.

Alternet: Why Thomas Friedman is the Ayn Rand of Our Times.

http://www.alternet.org/media/why-tom-friedman-new-ayn-rand-our-dark-digital-future?paging=off

Friedman occupies a unique place in the pundit ecosystem. From his perch at the New York Times, he idealizes the unregulated, winner-take-all economy of the Internet and while overlooking human, real-world concerns. His misplaced faith in a digitized "free" market reflects the solipsistic libertarianism of a technological über-class which stares into the rich diversity of human experience and sees only its own reflection staring back.

Friedman is a closet Ayn Rand in many ways, but he gives Rand's ugly and exploitative philosophy a pseudo-intellectual, liberal-friendly feel-good gloss. He turns her harsh industrial metal music into melodious easy listening: John Galt meets John Denver. That make him very useful to those who would dismantle the engines of real economic growth, the ones which create jobs while protecting life and limb.

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What are the implications of a world in which you must be above average to get "any good job"? When Garrison Keillor described Lake Woebegon as a place where "all the children are above average," it was a joke. But Friedman's not joking. He's describing a world in which ordinary people are excluded from decent employment - and he's doing it without expressing regret or demanding change.

To be fair, Friedman is an advocate for education - in his own way. But his education arguments, like his economic ones, focus on the online, the gimmicky, and the jargon-laden. Friedman's world doesn't seem to include manufacturing jobs, or construction jobs, or good government jobs. He envisions a workforce made up almost exclusively of "lateral thinkers" and "integration" engineers. Students should be trained to "invent" their jobs, says Friedman, who claims that self-invented work will be the best source of future employment.

Based on the number of people currently seeking full-time employment in the US alone, 15 or 20 million people need to "invent" their jobs pretty quickly. That's a lot of Internet start-ups, along with a whole boatload of "lateral thinking."


Ever notice that the ones who finger-wag and victim-blame the most about the long-standing and complex problems of the American work-force trapped in a laissez-fail Economy are almost never affected by it's crashes and numerous failures?

I made a meme in Photoshop today. Tell me what you think.

A discussion thread where people who make 375k a year complain that they can't make ends meet.

http://www.dcurbanmom.com/jforum/posts/list/304867.page

Hooooooo boy . . . parse through it. It's an eye-opener. I imagine this will be spreading like wildfire soon.

And yes, I KNOW D.C. is an expensive place to live in, but there ARE cheaper options in the surroundings. NO one's holding a gun to your heads . . . you're CHOOSING not to live among the hoi polloi in Silver Spring or Glenmont and take (shudder) public transportation.

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